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How do you really know what major you belong in?

I am currently a 17-year-old in 11th grade and I have this strong feeling about working in early childhood education because I love to be with little kids and want to be an impact on their lives as they grow up. I want to teach them the basic stuff that leads them into becoming their own wonderful people as they grow up.

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Adrian’s Answer

This is an excellent question, and the truth is, you won't truly know until you give it a shot. Back when I was in high school, I had my heart set on a medical career, but later, my interests shifted to engineering. Now, I'm working towards a degree in Homeland Security. Your passions may evolve over time, and one day, a particular field of study will resonate deeply with you. When that happens, you'll know you've found the major you're meant to be in. In my view, that's how you discover the right path for you.
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Robert’s Answer

Hello Isabell! Discovering the perfect major for you is all about finding what truly sparks your enthusiasm and passion. It seems that early childhood education is where your heart lies, so I'd highly recommend pursuing that. However, don't forget that there's always room for exploration, whether it's through double majors or minoring in a different subject area. Many of my friends have chosen to major in their passion while also exploring minors in new and exciting fields they hadn't experienced before, but were eager to learn about. Best of luck on your journey!
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Becky’s Answer

Working with young children is a delightful experience, and that's just one aspect of the job. Give it a try! Immersing yourself in this environment, even briefly, allows you to ask questions and observe the various roles present and potentially needed in early childhood education in your region. The field offers chances for individuals without degrees to contribute as well. Seek a position or job shadowing program that lets you discover the joys of being part of early childhood education.

If you find yourself enjoying the atmosphere and the job's offerings, consider pursuing a degree in child development, accompanied by a minor or second degree in teaching. In my experience, early childhood education demands a genuine comprehension of each student's developmental stage to effectively support their academic growth. Moreover, a degree in child development paves the way for additional opportunities to work with young children beyond education.
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Tom’s Answer

That's fantastic Isabell - our society certainly needs great people willing to devote themselves to the well being and development of our most precious resource - our children. Don't be afraid as an 11th grader to explore a variety of different options and career choices, and through this exploration either confirm your passion for childhood development - or instead discover a new passion you didn't even know you had. I had a college roommate who "knew" from age 11 that he wanted to be a doctor - and he then successfully followed intensely the medical track and indeed became a doctor - only then to find to his surprise (and frankly shock) that he really didn't like it, as he couldn't relate to his patients.

My former roommate now does medical statistical analysis (he always loved math and is great at it) and loves it. So please - pursue your dream! But don't lock yourself into something too soon, be sure of what your passion really is.

Good luck!
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Rosa’s Answer

The first step is to understand what your passion is... knowing that you love to work with little kids is a very good start. The advise I have given my children is to start at a community college and take your core classes. Many times this gets overlooked. The classes that you must take at the beginning are core classes that have nothing to do with what your major will be. This way, you will have some time to possibly start working with little kids and see if that is what you really want to do along with get some of the main classes done at a reasonable price. There is no harm in declaring a major and then changing it. Hope this helped.
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Fernando’s Answer

Passion is the first sign that you've hit with something you want to do for the rest of your life. The minute you find that one hobby or field that drives you to give it your all is the moment you've found your craft. There's no set pattern or formula as to when you hit with this. Some people find it quick others take some time and reflect in order to hit their mark. Once you've found it just dive in and see how many career paths you can take.
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Barbara’s Answer

You strongly described your passion, your joy and your purpose. Now we will look at some areas that may help you gain experiences and more exposure in early childhood education. Some of the things that you can do while in high school; volunteer at a local daycare center (this will provide you with valuable experience and learning about the day-to-day operations of a childcare facility), particpate in a job shadowing programs that allow students to spend time with professionals in various career fields. Talk to your guidance counselor for assistance and more resources to help with your decision. Local organizations and conferences may offer workshops or seminars on early childhood education topics. You can tutor or mentor younger children. I wish you the very best in your career and I know you will make an everlasting Impact on many lives.
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Luke’s Answer

Hey Isabell, you've asked a fantastic question! I remember feeling the same way after high school, not really knowing what I wanted to do or study. It's a lot to ask high school students to plan their entire lives! You're already on the right track by looking for things you enjoy and are passionate about, and then figuring out how to turn those interests into a career. When I started college, I didn't have a major picked out, and I kept it that way for two years. No matter which college or university you go to, they'll have a wonderful program to help students like you figure out how to shape their careers and choose a major. That was a super important part of my college journey that led me to where I am now!
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Doctorate Student’s Answer

Bravo for having the courage to chase your dreams! Dive into what sparks your excitement with all your heart, and everything else will naturally fall into place. Uncover your hidden talents by starting your educational adventure with General Education courses at a Community College. These courses are often available for free, providing a fantastic opportunity to delve into topics that truly fascinate you. Don't forget, college or career advisors are always there to lend a helping hand. Their expert advice could be the golden ticket to discovering your untapped potential. So, here's to a future that's bright and flourishing! May your exciting journey overflow with endless victories and joy!
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